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Climatic forcing of seasonal snow, glaciers and avalanches; evaporation; climate change.

The purpose of this paper is to give students an opportunity to advance their knowledge of large-scale climatology and to establish a better understanding of the global-to-regional scale processes that control our atmosphere, weather and climate. Emphasis in this course is placed on critically analysing current state-of-the-art understanding, and learning how to conduct primary research on a topic related to large-scale climatology.

Paper title Climatology
Paper code GEOG460
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,409.28
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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The content of this paper assumes that students will have completed one or both of the following climatology-based Geography undergraduate papers: GEOG 286/392 Climatology, GEOG 282/388 Climate Change: Present and Future.
If you have not taken these papers but are still interested in GEOG 460, please contact the course co-ordinator, Dr Daniel Kingston.

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Daniel Kingston

Paper Structure

The paper structure comprises a combination of lectures, student presentations and hands-on data analysis workshops.

Teaching Arrangements

One 2-hour class per week.


There is no set textbook - readings will be set as required during the paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have:

  • An advanced understanding of the theory, processes and current knowledge relevant to regional and global-scale climatology,
  • Developed new quantitative skills to analyse observation- and model-based climatological data and a basic understanding of how these data are generated,
  • The ability to design, conduct and report on a research project in climatology, and
  • Developed new written, oral and time management skills associated with 400-level study.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 9-14, 16-22